CANDY CANE CONTROVERSY

Catalyst April Issue 2003

Passing out colored condoms on high school grounds is less controversial than religious-themed candy canes. That’s what we’ve concluded after examining the controversy at Westfield High School in western Massachusetts. Last December, six students from Westfield distributed 450 pieces of candy to fellow classmates. The candy canes contained notes... [Read more...]

CENSURE GRANTED

Catalyst April Issue 2003

In last month’s Catalyst, there was a story on the antics of Hightstown, New Jersey councilman Eugene Sarafin. Twice Sarafin had used obscenities to describe his Catholic critics. We called for his censure and on March 3 it was granted. After writing to all of Sarafin’s colleagues urging censure, Council President Nancy Walker-Laudenberger introduced... [Read more...]

AP SHOWS CLASS

Catalyst April Issue 2003

It really rubs us the wrong way whenever we experience anti-Catholic bias of a gratuitous nature. And we see a lot of this kind of needless and care-free expressions of Catholic bashing. A story we recently read is a case in point. The story revolved around a series of strip joints down south called Sammy’s strip clubs. It provided all sorts of detail... [Read more...]

KISSLING ON CAMPUS

Catalyst April Issue 2003

A pro-abortion group at Williams College, an elite institution in Massachusetts, has invited Catholics for a Free Choice president Frances Kissling to speak during Holy Week. William Donohue wrote a letter to Williams College President Morton Owen Shapiro expressing his concerns. Donohue identified Kissling as an anti-Catholic who fraudulently uses... [Read more...]

NO REPLY

Catalyst April Issue 2003

There’s a club in Washington D.C. called “Between Friends” that likes to host after-hours dance parties for homosexuals. It recently decided to throw a party called “Sunday Mass.” An advertisement for the event showed a picture of Christ with the inscription, “Get on your knees, say your prayers, and beg because, boi…God has spoken.” We... [Read more...]

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE…

Catalyst April Issue 2003

Call to Action bills itself as a progressive lay Catholic organization. It rejects the Church’s teachings on sexuality and other matters, but it nonetheless maintains it is a loyal Catholic group. Though it has the support of some bishops, it would not be surprising if Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop of Detroit, and Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington,... [Read more...]

JUST DESERTS

Catalyst April Issue 2003

It’s not the first time we’ve read about trouble coming to those who have previously offended us, but this time it’s big news: both Disney/Miramax and WNEW are experiencing their share of difficulties these days. We say it’s just deserts. Miramax, a Disney subsidiary, has produced several anti-Catholic movies over the years— so much so that... [Read more...]

PHIL DONAHUE AND ROSIE O’DONNELL ON DISPLAY

Catalyst April Issue 2003

The February 24 edition of “Donahue” (MSNBC) featured an interview of Rosie O’Donnell by host Phil Donahue. The segment ended with an extended conversation on Catholicism. In discussing the sex abuse scandal in the Church, O’Donnell said: “And you know what? It needs to be out in the forefront. I really hope that the Catholic Church gets sued... [Read more...]

LETTERS

Catalyst April Issue 2003

Vanity Fair April 2003 The Great Debate, Continued: Christopher Hitchens, Catholic League hero?… Rarely is there an article on abortion worth reading anymore. That’s because both sides are so utterly predictable that it’s a waste of time. Christopher Hitchens’s contribution, however, is the exception to the rule [“Fetal Distraction,”... [Read more...]

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